Penn State Visits You

The hallways of the Undergraduate Admissions Office are a little quieter at this time of year.

Many of our staff are out of the office and on the road presenting admissions information in cities around the country. While we can’t bring the full excitement of Penn State to a hotel meeting room, we certainly try our best!

Students and families at an accepted student program in Hanover, New Jersey.

Students and families at an information session in Hanover, New Jersey.

One great thing about these programs is that members from the local chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association are typically on hand to share their Penn State stories and talk about services that the alumni chapter can provide, including scholarships and (in some cases) transportation to and from campus for breaks.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the Penn State counselor who is assigned to your area. That person can serve as your point of contact throughout the admissions process.

Visit our website to see a listing of the cities we’ll be visiting and to register for the events. We hope to see you this fall!

- Jenna

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Color Run invades University Park

The race known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” was held over the weekend and turned the streets of campus into a rainbow of colors filled with thousands of runners.

With Penn State recently named one of the fittest colleges in the country, it’s no surprise that the second annual Color Run drew nearly 10,000 participants. Proceeds from the race benefited Penn State Homecoming, which is coming up in just two short weeks.

The Color Run website already reports that the race will be back in Happy Valley again next year. So, those of you applying to Penn State for next fall will have the chance to participate!

The Color Run really is best described in photos. Here are just a few captured by The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student newspaper:

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Chat with us this fall!

Undergraduate Admissions invites you to join us for an online chat this fall. Chats are a great way to connect with current Penn State students to learn more about classes, majors, student life, and more. Admissions counselors will also be available to answer questions about the application process.

There’s no limit to the number of chats you can attend. Please visit the chats page on our website for a listing of our scheduled chat events. See you online!

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Few application changes

So, the application is live, but are there any updates you need to know about before you start working on it?

The short answer is: no, not really. By and large the application for 2015 closely mirrors the one for 2014.

The most significACT_SATant change is in our requirements for international students. Starting with applications for summer or fall 2015, all international students are required to submit an SAT or ACT score. This requirement is distinct from the English Language Proficiency requirement, though the SAT or ACT can be used to meet both.

If other questions come up, please feel free to reach out to us and we’ll do our best to help. Good luck with your application!

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The Penn State Application is ready – are you?

If so, you can apply now!

Take the first step in joining the over 21,000 students University-wide that accepted their Penn State offer for summer/fall 2014. We are excited to have such great students at our campuses across the state, and we hope you will join them in 2015!

Not sure where to get started? Visit the admissions website to create a MyPennState profile and access the application. (If you already have a MyPennState profile, you can just login). Here are some other things to keep in mind when applying to Penn State:

  • Penn State has its own application – we do not use the Common Application.
  • Review the Admissions Requirements, Dates & Deadlines, and Steps to Apply on the website for details about your application and the admissions process.
  • You can save your work and return to the application at a later time (helpful for the essay and activities portions).
  • The online application is just the first part of the process – be sure to send us all of the required materials to complete your application.

Best of luck as you consider your college choices and complete all of your applications – we hope that Penn State is one of them! If you have any questions about Penn State or the application, be sure to contact us.

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Register now to Spend a Summer Day at Penn State!

The official start of summer is just a few days away and we’re gearing up for Spend a Summer Day, the largest event that Undergraduate Admissions does all year. We will welcome nearly 10,000 visitors to University Park over the course of five days – we just about take over campus!

With such a large turnout, we really pull out all the stops for these events. Those who Spend a Summer Day logoattend have the opportunity to meet with faculty and academic advisers from nearly all of our majors, meet with Housing and Student Aid, and take a campus tour on what will hopefully be a beautiful summer day.

Here is just some of the feedback we received from students who attended the event last year:

“This was the perfect way to spend a day…visiting, exploring, and imagining what it would be like to be a student at Penn State. I wish I could skip senior year and attend college at Penn State this fall. “

“I had such a great day learning more about Penn State and all that it has to offer. Spend a Summer Day showed me that there are so many incredible opportunities here. I can’t wait to visit again!”

“Penn State went from the bottom of my list to the top in one day. Being part of this community is my ideal educational and social experience.”

This year’s Spend a Summer Day events will be held July 25, July 28, July 31, August 1, and August 4. Visit to learn more or to register.

We hope to see you on campus!

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Happy graduation!

We spend a lot of time talking to high school seniors and their families, which means we’re very aware that the season for high school graduations is upon us. Congratulations, #classof2014. Around the country many of you are celebrating the end of one chapter while anticipating the start of another.

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Emily Kuskowski, a member of the class of 2014 at State College Area High School and the Penn State class of 2018, celebrates graduation with her mom.











We also know how hard you all have worked to make the most of your high school experience and to prep yourself for college life. It’s no small feat.

So, to all the high school grads out there, Congratulations!

And to all those who helped them get there (parents, we’re looking at YOU), Great job!

Now, go enjoy your summer.

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Class of 2018 New Student Orientation

We’re excited! Why? Because New Student Orientation (NSO) for #psu2018 began this week.

Though it is summer time at our campuses and most of our students are off, we love the energy and liveliness our new students bring during this otherwise quiet time.

If you haven’t gone through your orientation yet, we want to give you a bit of information about what to expect. New Student Orientation runs all summer from May through July.

  1. When you accept your offer of admission, the NSO coordinators will send you a postcard with further instructions.
  2. In general terms, the instructions on the postcard are to complete your Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment. Though it might seem scary to take a test before you even begin college, please know that your results will have no impact on your academic record as a student. Instead, we use the results of the math assessment to help you schedule the best courses for your first semester. It is very important that you complete these two things before you come so you can truly benefit from speaking to your adviser while at NSO.
  3. Next, you receive another postcard (have you ever gotten so much mail before!?). If you are a University Park student, your postcard will indicate your assigned NSO date. If you are starting at another campus, your postcard will have instructions on how to register for NSO at your campus. Note that the registration process may vary slightly from campus to campus.

Okay! You’ve completed 1, 2 & 3 above, now what? Well, now you come to campus!

New Student Orientation is a two-day experience at University Park, and one day at the other locations. Since the program can be different at each campus, I won’t go into too much detail, but the general things you can expect are:

  • Meeting a lot of really cool people and starting to build your network of friends at Penn State
  • Talking to an academic adviser about your career plans
  • Taking care of basic things like getting your ID card and learning where to ask for what
  • Getting a glimpse of what your life will be like
  • Learning about Penn State and your campus
  • Reading this year’s Penn State Reads book under your new favorite tree

If you do want more details, you can visit the New Student Orientation website and select your campus. For now, we’ll leave you with some pictures of your fellow #psu2018 classmates enjoying NSO at University Park!

If you have questions at any point, this is the place to go.

If you have questions at any point, this is the place to go.

Taking care of important student business is the first step.

Taking care of important student business is the first step.

Welcoming Students

Friendly faces are the first thing you see at Penn State!

Welcome Session

New students buzzing with energy at the Welcome Session held at Alumni Hall.

NSO Resource Fair

Students and parents finding out more about key programs at the resource fair.



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Visit Penn State this summer

With only a few weeks of school left for most high school students, now is a great time to start planning your college visits. Penn State offers lot of options for you to tour our 20 undergraduate campuses.

Sure, visiting colleges may not be high on your list of summer activities, but taking a few road trips this summer to see the schools in which you are interested is an important part of the college search process. Websites, brochures, social media … they all help share parts of the college experience (we work hard to make sure they do!). But, without visiting a campus, how do you get a real sense of whether a school is the right fit for you?

So check your calendar and compare it to the visit calendar on our website and sign up for a visit at any one of our 20 undergraduate campuses. Our prospective student visits introduce you to the Penn State experience, answer common questions regarding the admissions process, and provide you with a tour of campus.

In addition to our normal visit schedule, all of our campuses host Spend a Summer Day events throughout the summer. These open houses are designed to introduce the exciting opportunities available at Penn State, while allowing students and families to explore campus and learn more about the admissions process. Visit our website to learn more about the Spend a Summer Day events available at all of our campuses.

We hope to see you this summer!

- Jenna

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Spend a Summer Day: Penn State’s Open House Visits

SASD-Tour-GuidesAs the semester winds down here at Penn State, we are busy welcoming a number of prospective students to campus for visits. We know that some of you do your “college tours” in the spring, but Penn State also offers you the chance to visit campus all summer long!

While we provide a full schedule of visits at University Park in June and July, we hope you will consider attending our all-day, open house visits known as Spend a Summer Day. Available at all campuses across the state of Pennsylvania, Spend a Summer Day gives prospective students the chance to explore campus more extensively than a standard visit, with opportunities to meet faculty, take tours, gather admissions information, and more.

Registration for Spend a Summer Day will open in mid-May. Please visit our website for more information on the how to register and the dates of events at all campuses. If you want to “save the date” for a Spend a Summer Day visit at University Park, they are scheduled for July 25, July 28, July 31, August 1, and August 4.

So whether you decide to visit for Spend a Summer Day or one of our other visits, we look forward to seeing you on campus this summer. Just remember – plan early! Our visits, especially those on Mondays and Fridays, tend to fill up quickly.

See you at Penn State!

Students attend Spend a Summer Day at Penn State Beaver.

Students attend Spend a Summer Day at Penn State Beaver.

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